I've been a Ham since 1978. I'm active on the HF bands only, from 160m up to 10m.
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Photo: Sunset behind the Windmill near the village Oost at the east coast of Texel
Another PA/DL1EAL DXpedition to Texel Island (IOTA EU-038) is over. From May 04 until May 16, 2013 I was QRV on 10/15/20 and 40m with 100W transmit power and Fritzel GPA-404 vertical antenna. In total, I made 747 QSOs, 295 of which were run in the CQ-M contest. All of the log data have been uploaded to eQSL and LoTW. Thanks to everyone who responded to my weak signals, and I'm happy if I could provide a new IOTA point for you. We will return to this beautiful island in the North Sea, off the coast of The Netherlands, from 20-Dec-2014 until 01-Jan-2015. I hope winter weather will not be too awkward to put up an antenna. I will keep you posted.
QSL Policy for PA/DL1EAL:
You may also simply request a QSL card, you don't need to send me yours (I'm not collecting cards for PA/DL1EAL). Just drop me an email with the QSO data, and I'll send a card for you via bureau.
There are also accounts for PA/DL1EAL set up on eQSL.cc and on the LoTW, so if you want to confirm electronically, feel free to do so.
Current home station equipment:
Preferred modes of operation: CW and all digital modes (PSK, RTTY etc.), and occasionally SSTV.
Special interest: Working on the DXCC Challenge and 5 Band-WAZ. Current standing of confirmed active DXCC entities (mixed mode), as of 11-March-2014:
DXCC mixed modes total: 285 points (still far away from the Honor Roll).
Latest new DXCC Point #285 was TX6G, a DXpedition on Raivavae (IOTA OC-114), Austral Islands. The team consisting of six DXers from the U.K. did an excellent job and worked 73.850 contacts. Direct QSL received April 28, 2014. Signals from Raivavae Island were rather weak most of the time in Germany and the pile-ups were huge, so I achieved only one single QSO on 30 m CW. Nevertheless I'm very happy to have confirmed this new DXCC. Sad to say I did not make VK9MT (Mellish Reef), which would have been a new one for me, too. I tried many hours, but the pile-ups were too big and the QRM too heavy, so I could not get through with my 100 watts and the simple antenna.
As of August 23, 2011, I am a proud owner of 5-Band-DXCC certificate #7080! Took me more than 30 years of more or less active radio operations to achieve this award, and I emphasize, I never used more than 100 Watts output power! Look at it:
This certificate was a really expensive piece of paper. Not only a good 250 dollars in return postage for direct QSLs, but also the 120 dollars in fees which the ARRL charged for certificate print, application processing, LoTW credits and shipping. Well, who cares? You do this only once in your lifetime, and after all, it's a nice-to-have for displaying on the wall of the radio shack!
The 80m band turned out to be a real challenge for me, due to the limited antenna. Real DX QSOs seem to be possible only if the DX station has an exceptionally good antenna for 80m. I even do not have confirmation for all European countries on 80m. Out of Europe, I still need the following:
A word about the QRZ.com Logbook: as I have active accounts at eQSL and Logbook of the World, which I update regularly, I find this is sufficient in terms of electronic QSO recording. Therefore I will not make use of the QRZ.com Logbook. That means, I will not check nor will I confirm any records placed into the logbook. So save your time...
Other hobbies: Digital photography, computer hardware and software, and walking, or better: running the dog. On my QSL card, that's our boy Jack Russell Terrier "Hennes", passed away 15-May-2009. May he keep on digging in dogs' heaven! He will live on in my memory forever.
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